The Cleveland Plain Dealer is once again reporting on gun violence in Cleveland, and once again dedicating the majority of the ink to "getting the guns off the streets" and "prevention programs."
In what I am sure is an unintended omission, this article makes reference to seven people shot in a 10 day span beginning July 26, 2011. Had The Plain Dealer extended their examination back to July 11, 2011, perhaps The Plain Dealer might have come across the solution to the problem: get the criminals off the streets.
Mr. Lesure was one of a total of THREE people arrested for violating Cleveland's assault weapon ban, as identified through public records requests made by Buckeye Firearms to the City of Cleveland.
On February 7, 2007, when Mr. Lesure was arrested for possession of an "assault weapon," he was under firearm disability for having a protection order issued against him, plus having pending felony charges. In addition, although we did not report this in the main story, Mr. Lesure was also under firearm disability at that time because of a September 12, 2002 conviction for drug abuse in Cleveland Municipal Court Case # 2002-CRB-036952.
So not only did Cleveland not pursue Mr. Lesure for violating their assault weapon ban, they also did not pursue him for possessing firearms under disability, R.C. 2923.13, a felony of the third degree punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Had Cleveland done so, and stuck to the charges, given Mr. Lesure's prior record, he likely would have been sentenced to 4-5 years in prison, meaning he would have been unavailable to kill Mr. Carter on July 29, 2011.